20 Sep adidas Originals | We Are Awesome | The Drums
Exciting news! The Drums will be heading to South Africa in November for the All Originals Live Performances Part 3!
The campaign to bring international indie acts to South Africa was started by We-Are-Awesome events and adidas Originals when they brought us Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in April. Part 2 brought Little Dragon to our shores at the end of last month and today they announced The Drums as the act for Part 3 following sell-out tours across America, Europe and parts of Asia.
Tour dates for South Africa:
Date: 16 November
Venue: Carlton Sky Rink
150 Commissioner Street
Date: 17 November
Venue: Cape Town Market
110 Gunners Circle
General Admission – R350
Group Purchase – Five for the Price of Four R1400
About the band:
Emerging from Brooklyn via Florida in 2009, The Drums initially caught the ear of the indie world with their Summertime! EP. It was an escapist collection of beach pop fantasies; tracks suffused with a wistful longing nostalgia that never pandered to cheap sentimentality. Their rise, particularly in the UK, was meteoric. Early buzz led to a prestigious spot on the BBC Sound of 2010 shortlist, followed in short succession by a slot on the Shockwaves NME Tour in 2009, and the publication’s Phillip Hall Radar Award in early 2010, well before the album’s release that summer.
Their self-titled debut LP, released in June 2012, was bifurcated into a first half dedicated to more upbeat pop songs, and a second half revealing a darker, more introspective side of the band. A resounding success, the album has sold 200,000 copies globally to date (90,000 in the UK alone) and found the band touring relentlessly, playing triumphant sold out gigs worldwide throughout 2010 and 2011.
For the often difficult sophomore LP, the band sidestepped the pitfalls of a slump by recording it quickly, again self-producing, often laying down tracks spontaneously in singer Jonny Pierce’s kitchen. Following the departure of guitarist Adam Kessler, drummer Connor Hanwick switched to guitar, and guitarist Jacob Graham picked up his more natural instrument: synthesisers.
Titled Portamento, the new album, released just 14 months after their debut, reveals a band tugging lightly at the boundaries of their sound while still retaining their recognisable sonic signatures – sweet rushes of melody, winsome lyrics, and brittle synthesiser sheens colliding with wiry Spector-esque guitar and bass lines.
Pierce explains “(In) the first EP there was this air of innocence. We were obsessed with vintage Americana sort of things. There were personal moments on the first album and EP, but it was very idea driven and conceptual. We wanted it to be cinematic. A scene from a movie, if you will. Now that’s gone. The new album, it’s like every song is a scene from real life. I think from beginning to end it’s sort of autobiographical for me. I was able to be alone for a lot of this, and really write about myself. This new album touches on everything from my extreme religious roots to transgenderism to violence, and of course there’s plenty of heartbreak stuff, which I couldn’t get away from even if I tried.”
To accommodate the sonic expansiveness of the record, the band have swelled to a five piece live act, augmented by two auxiliary members, including Myles Matheny of Violens and Papercranes on guitar and bass. They’ve also eliminated the backing tracks used for the bulk of their shows to date, thus lending their performances a more visceral, spontaneous feel, in line with the aesthetic of the album.